Basilica di San Giulio

Basilica di San Giulio, Orta San Giulio

Basilica di San Giulio
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Ken W
Jeffersonton, VA13 contributions
Historic basilica on a jewel of an island
Jul 2019
This Romanesque basilica (Basilica di San Giuio) was constructed and reconstructed over centuries on San Giulio Island ( Isola di San Giulio), located in Lake Orta in northwestern Italy. This small island is a jewel not often seen by tourists. The basilica is the most famous building on the island, but don't miss the nearby Benedictine monastery. Your trip should include a walk around this picturesque island, Boats to the island leave regularly from Orta, the lake's namesake village. While in Orta, be sure to visit the Sacro Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its 21 chapels dedicated to St. Francis.
Written 10 February 2020
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fanoffrance
Loeten, Norway548 contributions
Magnificent
Oct 2019
The interior of the basilica has magnificent decor. Unfortunately, taking photos is not permitted. The walk around the island is picturesque and takes less than half an hour.
Written 13 December 2019
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seeitall09
Raleigh, NC10 contributions
Nice Quick Trip
Oct 2019
This was a five-minute ferry ride from Orta San Giulio and the experience was nice overall. I enjoyed seeing inside the Basilica and looking around. One disappointing thing, however, is that the walk around the Basilica is supposed to be silent but there were a lot of people completely disregarding this directive and our experience suffered because of it. I was surprised, because they were older people that normally you'd think would respect this but they were loud and ignored this entirely. It's like they thought they were at Disneyland.
Written 14 October 2019
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HuskerTraveler2
Lincoln, NE1,045 contributions
Founded in 4th century
Sep 2019 • Couples
Basilica di San Giulio (13th century) on the island many, many frescoes.

Escape the crowds in Orta by a 3 minute water shuttle (4.50 Euros) to the island and take the short stroll on the trail of silence and meditation.

According to tradition, it was the hundredth, and last, church founded by Julius of Novara and his brother Julian, both natives of Aegina in Greece, who dedicated their later years to the evangelization of the area around Lake Orta.

Legend has it that around year 390 the saint reached the island sailing on his cloak, and then freed it from dragons (symbols of paganism); after the defeat of the monsters he built a small church devoted to the Twelve Apostles.

Regardless of the veracity of the legend, the early and rapid spread of the Christian faith is represented here.
Written 15 September 2019
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FYL003
Chicago, IL1,088 contributions
church built on an island
Sep 2019
Basilica built on an island, no photos allowed inside. The important piece of artwork is the pulpit carved in stone with cravings representing the 4 testaments. There is a crypt below ground holding the relics of St. Gulius. There are some wall murals painted over a period of time. Overall, the church is not the most decorative but a stop by when visiting the island. There is also a cloister on the island with 80 nuns living and working for the church. Besides the nuns, there are 2 inhabitants. The rest of the locals commute to the island to support the tourism trade.
Written 15 September 2019
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ochil4
Bannockburn, UK221 contributions
Around the Basilica
May 2019 • Family
A wonderful church and the walk around has calming quotes/sayings dotted all the way around. A calming place with a good feel .
Written 15 June 2019
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sonomujo
Brussels186 contributions
Take the Journey!
Apr 2019 • Couples
The basilica is beautiful and a wonderful place for contemplation. There are some stunning frescos and religious relics.
Written 17 April 2019
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Henrik B
Wohlen, Switzerland186 contributions
Great small Island
Mar 2019 • Friends
The Isola San Giulio is worth a visit. It’s a 5-10minute boat ride from Orta San Giulio.
A ticket for a ride is 4,50€. Boats are riding every 15 minutes. On the island you will see the beautiful Basilika of San Giulio. His buried Body is still inside. There is a small path of silence around the island where you can see how the people are living there.
Written 17 March 2019
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daffystjob
Manchester, UK835 contributions
Wow, what a wonderful experience
Aug 2018 • Couples
This was a lovely experience, the boat ride back and forth to the island gives you a great view of the cathedral and once arrived on the island it is a stone throw to the basilica. It was an interesting visit and although I am not religious, I can appreciate the art and the architecture.
Written 10 December 2018
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redeco
Warren, MA9,236 contributions
A Medieval Highlight
Oct 2018 • Friends
The Basilica di San Giulio is the highlight of a visit to Lake Orta. The church itself is reached from the dock by a series of steps that rise to the main floor of the church. Unfortunately, absolutely no photos or videos are allowed. The medieval church is built above a crypt that serves as a tomb for San Giulio who lies in state in a gilt and glass casket. Those who visit his tomb and venerate his relics receive a plenary indulgence according to a plaque on the Walk of Silence just outside. Saint Julius was a fourth century preacher.

But the real stars of this wonderful church are the fifteenth century frescoes of the saints. Most are in remarkable condition considering the damp lake condition and the lack of atmospheric controls. Also take note of the twelfth century black marble pulpit with beautifully carved animals. The basilica itself has a feeling of sanctity and lacks the frenetic tourist quality that seems to prevail at many pilgrim destinations.

While on the island, make sure to take the Walk of Silence all the way around the island. The walk follows the high walls of the cloistered convent of Benedictine nuns which crowns the island. You catch glimpses of them at work while you walk around the path. The walk is level and quite easy once you've reached the level of the basilica. The walk is punctuated by small plaques with quotations in several languages to assist in meditation. Enjoy.
Written 29 November 2018
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